Theory and Practice of Disaster Management

Description

This course examines the social, economic and environmental impacts of natural and human-initiated disasters and conflicts. It explores the theory, practice, ethics and social responsibility of disaster management in the context of community involvement. This is achieved through investigating the resilience of society and the economy, and the consequences and activities during the immediate period after the occurrence of a disaster or conflict.

Availability

Callaghan

  • Trimester 1 - 2017

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 1 - 2017
  • Trimester 3 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the concept of disaster resilience in the context of the United Nations' Sendai framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2. Effectively analyse the impact of disasters or conflicts on physical and social infrastructure and communities

3. Critically evaluate the principles and stages of disaster mitigation, response and recovery

4. Judiciously apply strategies within the social, physical and economic environment to reduce risk and mitigate against the effects of a disaster or conflict and align to a relevant SDG

5. Critically appraise the need to link response, mitigation and recovery of society to the SDGs and the Sendai framework

Content

  • Defining disasters - definitions; hazard types and orgins; origins and impact; vulnerability and risk; consequences of ignoring hazards in construction
  • Linking the United Nations; Sendai framework and Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) to the process of disaster management
  • Resilience - origins and definition of resilience; resilience in soceity and the physical environment
  • Managing disasters - reinstating and supplying temporary services and shelter; temporary housing; stakeholders of managing disasters and disaster risk reduction; impact of disasters to social and physical infrastructure facilities and restoring major social and physical infrastructure
  • Developing resilience in society and the physical environment - capacities for disaster mitigation and reconstruction; disaster risk reduction and its typologies; reconstruction as a window of opportunity aligning to the SDGs and Sendai framework

Assessment Items

Essay: Natural disasters

Presentation: The physical and social impact of disasters

Report: Developing resilience

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

On-campus and Distance Learners will engage in online tutorials (wikis) for 12 weeks